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Schmucker Middle School

Students and teachers are
active in community project.


LTBN model at Schmucker Middle School3D Model to Visit School

Students built a model of the results of the Let There Be Night experiment using over 35,000 LEGO blocks to represent the ideal night sky. From that 3D map, over 12,000 blocks had to be removed to represent the night sky lost to light pollution, according to over 3,400 student observations. The 3D model will be displayed at Schmucker Middle School on December 7-11, 2009.

LTBN banner at Schmucker MS Venus over Hummer plant Students taking SQM readings

SLT Records Sky Glow With SQMs and Witnesses Iridium Flare

Iridium flare at Schmucker M.S.Schmucker's SLT teamThe Schmucker SLT members who were on-site Sunday, March 5, 2009, saw Venus in a crescent phase, saw the rings and a moon of Saturn, then witnessed a brilliant Iridium flare.


LTBN parents in carsMore images taken on Wednesday, March 18, reflect the suppport of parents necessary to transport kids to the school every night at 9:30 p.m. Holding chocolate snackThere the team takes five readings with each of three Sky Quality Meters (SQMs). Afterward, the team enjoyed some chocolate covered goodness, for science can be tasty as well as fun. While one carload was driving home they saw the International Space Station (ISS) zooming above the northern horizon, so they stopped the car, piled out, and watched the sun setting on the ISS.

Light pollution project at science fairScience Fair Project Fares Well


Schmucker Teachers Have Key Role

On September 30, 2008, Schmucker science teachers prepare for LTBN at the first of two in-service sessions. The support of teachers is paramount to the success of this community-wide science experiment. Several teachers also participated in PBA Day in-service meetings at the PHM Planetarium, too.